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Letter: Adding chemicals to lawn puts environment at risk

Adding chemicals to lawn puts environment at risk

It is early spring in my neighborhood, and soon the scent of flowers will be replaced by the toxic tang of lawn chemicals. Those little flags, like warnings in a mine field, will sprout everywhere telling us not to let pets step on the grass. If it is so bad for pets, can it really be good for children? Or adults?

After the pesticides will come fertilizer. If you follow the advice of companies to “feed” your lawn, you should be aware that you are also feeding toxic algal blooms in our waterways that kill fish and taint our drinking water.

I garden on a busy Buffalo corner. I have mowed green areas, but I don’t single grass out for special treatment. It turns out that a wide variety of plants are green! There are certainly grubs below the surface. What have grubs ever done to me? Nothing. I have been known to mow around patches of misplaced blooms such as wild daisies, forget-me-nots and chicory. I have only hugged trees when I am climbing them, but I care about our environment. If you have ever known anyone who was diagnosed with cancer, maybe you should, too. I’m not holier-than-thou. I actually like the diversity of chemical-free lawns. Give it a try. Maybe you will, too.

Jonathan Thornton

Buffalo